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There was a good attendance this evening. Our Chairman asked for help at the Cream Tea event to be held on Saturday 17th. May at the house of Barbara and Bill Hides. Raffle prizes, cakes, good as new, bottles and jars for the various stalls were requested also. Names were taken for our proposed trip to Chatsworth House on 16th. July when we will have a guided tour of the house.

Our speaker for the evening was Tim Brunnand who is a Barrister in Law who was called to the bar in 1987 and is a member of Grays Inn of Court and works in the Northern Circuit and Wales. He deals in criminal law and has prosecuted and defended many high profile cases. He told us that his hobbies were fine ale, wine, food, fell walking and 'mischief making' and proceeded to begin to disrobe at the slight consternation of some of our ladies. This only went as far as jacket and tie and he then put on his robes explaining the origin of them. Most of us know of the TV programme called Silk and Barristers are called this because their gowns are made of silk, junior members are known as Stuffs, a lower quality material. He gave us a potted history of how the legal profession progressed to what it has become today which was very interesting and then about cases he has dealt with some of which were much in the public eye but also about the inner workings of the court and its little idiosyncrasies. The 'mischief making' made us laugh as with most professions which are very intense a little light heartedness creeps proceedings but of course not in such a way as to cause any problems. We thoroughly enjoyed his talk and we had a good question and answer session at the end.

The competition was a Toby Jug won by Wendy Stoddart who also won the Royal Memorabilia competition for the group meeting.

The next meeting will be on 28th. May when David Tideswell will give a talk on Garden Birds in Spring and the competition will be a bird. Meetings start at 7.30 at Lr. Withington Parish Hall — visitors welcome.

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